Victoria has a specialist interest and experience in cases involving the international movement of children, including Hague and non-Hague abductions, recognition and enforcement of foreign orders pursuant to Brussels II revised and the 1996 Hague Convention, international and domestic relocation, jurisdictional disputes and forced marriage.

In addition, Victoria has developed a particular focus on financial remedies in both matrimonial and non-matrimonial cases

Prior to joining chambers, Victoria worked for two years (2010 to 2012) as lawyer to Lord Justice Thorpe, Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales, advising on legal issues relating to international child abduction and relocation including specific issues arising under Brussels II revised and the 1980 Hague Convention as well as responses to developments in European and international family law and policy. Her work featured in a number of judgments including Tower Hamlets London Borough Council v MK [2012] EWHC 426 (Fam) and O v P [2011] EWHC 2425 (Fam).

Victoria heads Fourteen’s International Family Law Group and has lectured on the international movement of children, including to the judiciary and the Hague Network of Judges. In addition she has also lectured police forces and legal practitioners on developments in international law and judicial liaison. Victoria has spoken on the subject of Islamic law and its application in both financial remedy and children proceedings.

Victoria attended the 6th Special Commission in The Hague (June 2011 and January 2012) as part of a delegation of experts addressing the practical operation of the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions, including cross-border recognition and enforcement of mediated agreements, direct judicial communications, domestic violence in the context of return proceedings and international family relocation.

Victoria has written a number of articles on aspects of child abduction and forced marriage and, together with Lord Justice Thorpe, she co-authored the Annual Report of the Office of International Family Justice for England and Wales in 2012.

Victoria has also been interviewed by BBC News, Radio 5 live and Channel 4 News in relation to international child abduction, relocation and cross border jurisdictional disputes.

Victoria has advised solicitors on English law in Italy, Spain, Germany, America, Finland and India.

In December 2013 she was invited by the French Ministry of Justice to participate at a judicial conference on European Family Law.

In February 2014 Victoria was invited by the President of the Family Division to act as rapporteur to the Family Justice Council’s Interdisciplinary Conference. A special edition of Jordans has been dedicated to this conference which will be published in May.

In March 2015, she was awarded the International Professional and Legal Development Grant to attend the 10th Anglophone-Germanophone Conference, hosted by the judiciary of England and Wales and attended by key representatives of the family justice systems in Anglophone and Germanophone and other countries. The conference discussed recent developments in international family law and exchanged views on how to improve the operation of Brussels IIa and the 1996 Convention.